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Multiple Luxury Ship Orders Closing In

Two luxury cruise lines will order new ships before 2015 if the industry grapevine is to be believed. New tonnage is already on the books for Seabourn, Ponant and Regent – and the other luxury lines look set to respond.

First up, Crystal Cruises’ President Edie Rodriguez has not made it a secret she intends to order a newbuild for Crystal before the year is out.

Crystal’s Symphony was built at what is now STX-Meyer in Finland, while the Serenity was built at Chantiers de l’Atlantique – which is now STX France. The latter of the two yards recently launched the ultra-luxury Europa 2.

Crystal’s parent company, NYK, operates the ex-Crystal Harmony, which was built in 1990 at Mitsubishi. The Japanese yard has recently gotten back into the cruise business and is building a pair of megaships for AIDA Cruises. However, Mitsubishi has said it intends to bow out of the cruise-ship building business due to profitability issues. Are previous talks between NYK and Mitsubishi still ongoing for a Crystal ship?

Silversea may be close to an order as well, as rumors from Italian sources point to the company adding a 40,000-ton newbuild to its arsenal with a projected 2017 delivery date.

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